Farmers’ Alliance advocates for “no” votes on proposed changes to the constitution for several reasons:

Firstly, we believe the current constitution does not state that a woman’s place is in the home, it does give protection for mothers who choose to remain in the home to care for their children.

We are concerned about the rushed nature of the legislation. The vague and ambiguous wording of the proposed changes leaves room for misinterpretation, potentially leading to unintended consequences.

We believe the lack of clarity on how existing laws pertaining to crucial matters like succession, taxation, pensions, benefits, and inheritance will be impacted raises serious concerns.

Furthermore, the undefined term “durable relationship” leaves much to be desired in terms of legal clarity and protection. Without a clear definition, it could lead to confusion and legal disputes, undermining the very purpose of constitutional amendments.

We find equally troubling the removal of special recognition for women and mothers. Such recognition acknowledges the unique contributions and sacrifices made by women in society, and its absence would be a step backward in the pursuit of gender equality.

Additionally, we believe the lack of protection for mothers who choose to stay at home and care for their children is deeply concerning. It fails to recognise and support the invaluable role of caregiving.

Finally, it appears the proposed changes fail to bring any tangible new rights or benefits to any segment of the population.

By advocating for a ‘no’ vote , Farmers Alliance is not making a stance against change, but making a call for prudence, clarity, and the preservation of hard-won rights and protections.